Covert Affairs: "Loving the Alien" Review: Like a Bat Out of Hell

Covert Affairs S03E07: "Loving the Alien"

I see what you did there, Covert Affairs. I see what you did and I approve. After all that hullabaloo about how female spies aren’t supposed to get involved with their targets because their delicate womanly feelings will make them fall in love and cause national security concerns and after all that teasing at Annie Walker’s motivation for sticking with Simon against orders...Simon ended up being the one to make a bad business move in the name of true love.

Of course, that’s not to say that Annie Walker remains a CIA ice queen, judging by a few of her responses throughout “Loving the Alien,” but let it be known that Simon made the first play, stealthily assassinating his own handler, Hector, when the seasoned spy made it clear that he knew who Annie was and he wasn’t going to let her leave Cuba.

Oh yeah, Annie and Simon went to Cuba this week. I just kept ogling the classic cars.

Annie went to Lena for an assist when Simon asked her to join him for his Caribbean business trip, and Lena was actually helpful and not at all her usual, grotesquely characterized self. She was blunt with Annie regarding the fact that she could not authorize a mission to Cuba because it was Cuba and “North Korea would be easier” to extract Annie from if (when) things went south. However, she remained supportive and even got Annie set up with an impressive copy of her passport so that she could enter Cuba without anyone in the U.S. knowing.

Auggie was a tougher sell, not entirely buying Annie’s story about babysitting for her sister in California. Acquiring transcontinental babysitters typically takes more planning than a phone call, I would imagine.

After much noise was made over Annie’s passport, the fact that Simon insisted on locking it in a safe when the couple arrived in Havana set off a few more alarms. Annie’s credibility with her spy suitor has been crumbling recently—or at least it seems that way, given that our last few outings with Simon have been panic-plagued, last-minute dashes toward maintaining her Smithsonian sweetheart cover. It’s getting to the point that I can’t imagine that Simon, a seasoned spy himself, isn’t at least a little bit suspicious.

So, I’m glad we addressed that issue this week! Sort of. It’s still unclear exactly what Simon knows, but it’s obvious that he knows enough to understand why Hector wanted to whack Annie at the cigar factory. It’s also obvious that Simon is really, truly in love with Annie, whomever he thinks she is. That was a pretty awesome fake-out leading up to Hector’s demise, and Annie’s body language was pretty terrible, reading almost entirely of nervousness and defeat. I mean, c’mon girl, you’re riding around the Cuban countryside with two stellar spies. At least try to pretend that you don’t think they’re planning to kill you. You’re a professional.

Though to be fair, Hector bringing Danielle into the equation was definitely one of those OH SNAP moments meant to throw Annie off her game. She was, understandably, caught off-guard.

After offing his handler, Simon returned Annie’s passport and stuck her on a plane back to the States. He claimed to be heading home for a few days to regroup, and promised to check in with her again. Does this mean his nefarious plan to turn that old KGB base into a giant signal-jamming station has fallen by the wayside? Could this force Simon to go on the run from his own people, sending him to Annie for help, and opening the door to a legitimate relationship between the two of them?

I’m less convinced of Annie’s own distance myself. Lena was thrilled to hear about Simon taking Hector out for Annie, and planned to use his obvious feelings for Annie to manipulate him in a way that would benefit the CIA. Annie herself looked nauseous and so-not-thrilled during that entire conversation. Annie and Simon sitting in a tree, S-P-Y-uh-I-N-G.

Where do you think the leaky Annie-Simon ship will sail next?



SPY NOTES


– Joan and Arthur continue to be the most repulsive individuals on this show. I'm finding myself slowly starting to root against them just because they suck so much. I mean, they were always borderline unlikeable, but this season is just ridiculous.

– Auggie got back on the wagon pretty quickly, diving back into the investigation of Jai’s murder and setting his sights (ha, ugh, even Auggie would have groaned over that one) on Papa Wilcox.

– Speaking of Auggie, how do we think things will go down when he inevitably figures out what Annie’s been doing the past few weeks?

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I really hope we see some Annie/Auggie action during the finale!
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If you were just a regular person, and someone shoved you in a storage room and then sliced someone's throat in front of you, would you just look a little shocked...and then a few minutes later calmly ask when you'll see him again? As far as you know, he's a murderer! Simon must know who she is, or he's an idiot who's lucky to have made it this long. This show needs better writers.
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Like the show very much this season. They left the safe corner of "silly but charming entertainment" towards something else... let's see if they make it there.



But yeah, so far so good... and yes Ms. Perabo looks like a wet kitten sometimes...



Excellent music for this episode... I wonder if they filmed it in Puerto Rico... The shots from Havana city were legit though...
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Yeah, Simon has definitely fallen for Annie, but it seems to be working both ways now. Annie definitely looked flustered when Lena suggested Annie keep it up, even try turning Simon into an asset. She felt guilt for deceiving him. Looks like the whole "female spies tend to get too emotionally involved with their marks" idea is starting to come true. I actually like this contradiction happening. The show is going to a darker tone. Love it!



Joan and Arthur don't repulse me, but their bickering does bother me sometimes. Their type A personalities clash a lot because they both crave control, which is good to me cause it would be complete bullcrap to me if they agreed on everything, but also bad because the disagreements just seem to get bigger.



I like what Auggie's doing with Wilcox and with Annie's secrets. Wilcox is as scheming as they come, but I wouldn't believe he'd murder his own son. But just because I think it, doesn't mean it will happen, so I'll keep an open mind. As for Annie, when she's ready to tell him, he's ready to listen. Nuff said.
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A spy in a red skirt... AHHHM.. No.



I also thought about Auggie and his future reaction to this mess... good catch.
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1. I am pretty sure Joan intended to divorce Arthur as soon as he got the job because she's that kind of bitch. I am pretty sure Arthur didn't realize that because he's that kind of asshole.

2. He got serious with the girl pretty quickly. It makes sense he would recover quickly and/or throw himself into his work. Auggie's behavior makes complete sense to me in this situation.

3. There's never any real drama between Auggie and Annie. At best, there will be one tense conversation. He's way more tolerant of her than he should be. Only reason a guy is that tolerant of a girl is because somewhere in the back of his mind, he hopes to have sex with her someday. It's all very sad because she's his for the taking, and then he could stop putting up with her shit.
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I agree about wishing that Annie actually acted like a spy and kept her worries hidden. However, I loved the "twist" at the end, with how Simon acted. I want to know what he knows and what he's thinking!
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Poor Kari Matchett. Nobody can be as frustrated with Joan as she must be. We could like Joan more if the writers would give her a single personality for consecutive episodes. Maybe this show needs a crossover with Perception so her disorder can be diagnosed properly. As for Arthur, I have a hard time believing someone would have risen as high as he has - in the CIA, no less! - with as poor impulse control as he exhibited at the dinner. Neither character is really believable.
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Frankly, few of the characters are that believable. Well, Auggie has probably been the most believable of them all. But so many times, I wince when I watch this show because of how they have Annie behave. The most noticeable and egregious example-- How many times has she been working on a probably well-surveilled asset and she smirks or makes some kind of dramatic face when the person isn't looking? In real life she would have given away the game countless times with that unprofessional behavior. I know they are trying to up the "drama" and clue the watcher in on what Annie is trying to do or what she is thinking, but we don't need you to do that, show. You already told us what is going on, and we can figure it out without the unnecessary mugging by a supposedly "gifted CIA operative". When a dramatic device is too noticeable and unnecessary, it takes you out of the story and makes the show harder to respect... I know, it's a tv show, but, it wouldn't be that hard to have the characters act just a little bit more believably and logically, would it?
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Annie is much better this season than prior seasons and is finally coming into her own... but she's no Sydney Bristow. Joan needs a good butt kicking sadly I like arthur more at the moment. So who's doing the White Collar write up? MaryAnn you spoil me with your speed and I like it! ;)
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No one is Sydney Bristow.
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Lol, that would be Price and it looks like it's up! Here you go: http://www.tv.com/news/white-collar-compromising-positions-review-sam-he-am-29450/
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Yea Annie needs to work on her poker face among so many other things.
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Including wearing heels often, and driving a red car.
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Yeah, I'm actually curious to know if Piper Perabo is being directed to act like that or if it's just that no one has thought to point out, "Hey, sure, this is a shocking moment for Annie, but as a CIA trained professional, she would know better than to show it."
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I'm pretty sure the direction she receives is something along the lines of: please look like an adorable and helpless kitten as often as possible.
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